Photo Credit – Erik Schelkun
Junior guard Scoochie Smith pulled himself out of a three game slump and led the Flyers to a 80-74 victory over the Davidson Wildcats. The Flyers were without leading scorer, junior guard Charles Cooke, due to an oblique injury he suffered in practice on Monday. Junior forward Kendall Pollard was able to return from an Achilles injury though. The Wildcats started the game off on a 5 to 0 run but Scoochie answered with two consecutive three pointers and you could tell he was already going to have a great game. The first half was very back and forth as neither team could create a lead larger than 5 and the Wildcats would go into the locker room up 36-33. The Flyers came out of the break like a house on fire. Dayton would go on a 31-10 run to start the half including a 19-0 run that would make the lead 64-46 with 7:46 left in the game. The Flyers and Wildcats would then trade baskets until there was 53 seconds left. During this trading of baskets, junior guard Jack Gibbs would hit 4 straight three pointers for the Wildcats but the Flyers would answer on three of the four possessions with points of their own. This game then got very interesting. The Wildcats cut the Flyers lead to 4 with 14 seconds left. Scoochie would then hit 2 free throws that put the game out of reach as the Wildcats missed 2 three pointers on their last possession. The Flyers have had some issues with closing out games this year and this could be seen as another one of those games they struggled late in.
The Wildcats shot 39.3% (24-61) from the field, 36.1% (13-36) from three and 76.5% (13-17) from the free throw line. They grabbed 35 rebounds, had 17 assists, 9 turnovers, 2 blocks and a steal. Jack Gibbs led the Wildcats in scoring with 31 points on 23 shots. He also had 6 assists in 38 minutes. Sophomore forward Peyton Aldridge had 15 points and 10 rebounds in 35 minutes. Sophomore guard Jordan Watkins came off the bench for the Wildcats and had 11 points, 3 boards and 2 assists in 26 minutes.
The Flyers shot 51.8% (29-56) from the field, 45.8% (11-24) from the three and 68.8% (11-16) from the free throw line. They managed 36 rebounds, had 14 assists, 11 turnovers, 2 blocks and 3 steals. Dayton had a pretty good edge in points in the paint (28-14) which really helped them win this game. Scoochie Smith had 18 points and 4 assists in 34 minutes. Senior forward Dyshawn Pierre had his first double double of the season as he had 16 points and 10 rebounds in 32 minutes. Junior guard Kyle Davis had 14 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal in 31 minutes. In his return, junior forward Kendall Pollard had 14 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists in 28 minutes.
Davidson (10-5) (2-2 A10) will head back home to take on UMASS Saturday, January 16th at 12:30PM.
Dayton (13-3) (3-1 A10) will stay at home and take on George Washington in a big A10 matchup Friday, January 15th at 7PM.
Alex Handorf ’17